|The peas can be omitted or substituted for any vegetable|
When kids are hungry, they mean it. I often feel overwhelmed with the urgency of getting their food on the table quickly in order to avoid major melt downs! If you are a parent, you know what I mean! So whenever I can figure out a quick and, most importantly, healthy meal that is easy to make and that they enjoy eating, I stick with it. That is the case with this pasta. I now keep Jenni-O lean turkey sausages always in my fridge and thin whole wheat spaghetti in the pantry. It saves me every time!
Following is a recipe that serves 2 kids. You may double or tripe the measurements according to the size of your family. This pasta would be a perfect week night dinner for parents or any busy adult!
Easy, Quick, and Healthful Turkey Sausage Pasta
Serves 2 kids. Double or triple the recipe according to the size of your family
1 lean sweet turkey sausage out of its casing (I use the Jenni-O brand)
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
1/3 of a pack of whole wheat thin spaghetti
1/4 cup of fresh or frozen peas
1/4 cup or more of pasta water (water used to cook the pasta)
2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
Bring some salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook it until al dente. Reserve some of the cooking water to use on the sauce, then drain the pasta and set it aside.
Place a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the sausage (out of its casing) and cook it for about 5 minutes while braking any big lumps of meat with a wooden spoon. When the sausage is almost cooked through, add garlic. Cook it for another 3 minutes. Add peas and pasta water* to the sausage. Cook until peas are tender. Add pasta and cheese. Stir it all around and serve.
*fresh peas take longer to cook, so you might need to add little more pasta water in order to keep the meat moist while cooking.
|This spaghetti is so thin the kids can't even tell it is whole grain!|
|Heat olive oil, add sausage (out of the casing) and break it down with the help of a wooden spoon|
|When sausage is almost cooked, add the garlic and cook it a little further|
|Then add peas, fresh or frozen|
|Add some of the water used to cook the pasta and cook until peas are tender. Keep adding pasta water if necessary.|
|Add cooked and drained pasta|
|Add cheese and stir it all around until combined and cheese is melted|
|Plate pasta. Top with a little more Parmesan cheese.|
|She likes is. Check.|
|He likes it. Check.|
|I am always happy to eat this pasta with the kids. Lots of simple but great flavors!|